YOUNG MUNSTER claimed the Limerick Charity Cup for the first time in 13 years with a dogged 11-10 win over UL Bohemian at Thomond Park on Saturday.
Alan Kingsley’s penalty three minutes from time proved the match-winning score as a fancied Bohs outfit suffered heartbreak for the second successive weekend, having also lost by a point to UCC in the Munster Senior Cup.
Kingsley and Fergal Lawlor swapped penalties to leave the sides deadlocked early in the second half, but a well-taken try by Martin McPhail, converted by Ed Torrie, put UL ahead.
However, a try by recent signing Aaron Carroll put Young Munster back in contention and Kingsley landed the crucial late penalty to give the Cookies – who ousted Shannon and Bruff en route to the final – a memorable win.
Elsewhere, a stirring second-half comeback wasn’t enough for Sunday’s Well to claim a notable AIB Cup first-round scalp at Musgrave Park on Saturday, as Malone held firm for a 16-10 win.
Stuart Wilson’s try and 11 points from the boot of Ulster young gun Josh Pentland had the northerners 16-0 to the good at the break.
But the ‘Well launched a fiery fightback in the second half, grabbing a deserved try through new scrum-half Ruairi Geary.
John Verling kicked five points to put them within touching distance, but Malone held out to advance to a round two clash at home to Blackrock College on October 17.
Belfast Harlequins will face a trip to UL Bohemians in the next round after seeing off Naas 32-10 at Deramore Park.
Division Two new boys Corinthians needed extra-time to shrug off Wanderers by 33-20 at Corinthian Park, with a converted try from new Connacht winger Thomas Timani, a recent arrival from New Zealand, proving the vital score.
They will be away to UCC in the second round, while Barnhall, 22-3 conquerors of Suttonians, will also be on their travels to Cork to face Dolphin.
2008 AIB Junior Cup champions Navan made a winning senior bow as they secured a 20-10 home victory over Instonians, while Bruff, Queen’s University, Greystones, Thomond, UCD and Old Crescent all claimed away wins – Queen’s 43-3 defeat of County Carlow the most impressive of those.
Greystones prevailed 17-11 against DLSP at Kilternan, while the Donnybrook derby went the way of Bective Rangers on a 21-20 scoreline and Terenure College hammered Connemara 59-17 at Lakelands.
Meanwhile, hooker Jerry Flannery handed Munster a boost by returning to competitive action with his club, Shannon, at the weekend.
An elbow injury, which required two operations, forced Flannery out of the Lions tour, and also picked up a calf muscle injury in pre-season training.
But he is close to a return for his provincial side, having come through the first 40 minutes of Shannon’s 33-28 friendly win over Galwegians at Limerick IT.
Flannery said he was “happy to be back playing” and hopes to win back his Munster place for their opening Heineken Cup game in Northampton on Saturday, October 10.
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